What Are Implant-supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are supported by and attached to implants. These dentures are used when a patient doesn’t have any remaining teeth but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
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When Do You Need Root Canal Treatment?
There are many nerves and blood vessels called the ‘pulp’ inside each of your teeth. When a tooth is decayed or damaged, bacteria enter the tooth and cause infection, killing nerves and causing pain. Bacteria can also spread into surrounding gum tissues, causing abscesses, pain and swelling.
A thin metal bar is attached to implants that have been placed in your jawbone and follows the curve of your jaw. The denture fits over the bar and is clipped into place by clips or other types of attachments.
Implants in the jawbone hold a metal attachment that secures the denture. In most cases, the attachments are ball-shaped, and they fit into sockets on the denture.
How Do They Work? Once a tooth is infected, the nerve must be removed. Root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthetic over several visits. First, we make a small hole in the tooth, leading to the root canal. We gently remove infection using files and other tools until the tooth is clean. Once the tooth’s infected pulp is removed, we file the root canal into a tapered shape and fill it with a latex derivative. The dead tooth remains in place but is no longer connected to the body’s blood supply, and the tooth would become dry and brittle in the future. To combat this, we fit the tooth with a crown to seal it and slow decay.
THE IMPLANT PROCESS First, implants are placed in the jawbone. An incision is made in the gum, and a hole is drilled in the bone. The implant is placed into the hole, and the incision is stitched closed. A few months later, a small incision to expose the tops of the implants. At this point, attachments are placed on the implants, so the dentures can be held in place.